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Take a free on-line 6-week genealogy class through Gale Courses

 

Take a free on-line 6-week genealogy class

through Gale Courses

2-28-2018

Vicki’s note – Take a free class if you have a Beloit Public Library card or any Rock County Library card.  This is a new benefit of  Arrowhead Library System, part of the ShareLibraries.info group, and is due to a recent increase in state funds.  Gale Courses are on genealogy, and many basic computer classes, etc.

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Use your library card to take a free 6-week genealogy class through Gale Courses – a service of your Rock County public Library. New classes start monthly.

The next

Genealogy Basics class starts March 14, 2018.

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Tracing your family’s history is a fascinating journey. Who will you discover? Genealogy Basics will help you understand the genealogy research process and the way we interpret the information we find. This course guides you through the search process for family names using several subscription-based Web sites, which you can access while you’re enrolled in the class. Along the way, you’ll learn through hands-on examples that help you dig deeper into your family’s past. You’ll develop a strategy to accomplish your objectives, evaluate the results, and share that information with others. You’ll discover, in simple terms, where to look, who to contact, and how to make your family history come alive. Was it truth or goof? Where’s the proof? Find out why close counts not only in horseshoes, but also in hunting your heritage.

About The Instructor

Bob Moyer is a college instructor, graphic designer, and technical writer. Bob has degrees in education, business, and Civil Engineering. He has over 12 years of experience as an instructor and has developed genealogy courses for several colleges. His passion for research and family history has resulted in several genealogy-related books and speaking engagements.

This course will be facilitated by Megan Churchwell. Megan has a personal interest in genealogy, and has built an extensive family tree on Ancestry.com, tracing some branches of her family back as early as the 1400s. Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in History and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies. Her day job is Curator at a U.S. Navy museum, where she often assists researchers in tracing the military records of their ancestors.

 

There are other classes as well:

 

 

More than 365 engaging, online, instructor-led courses focused on professional development, technology skills, and personal enrichment that are informative, convenient, and highly interactive. Courses run for six weeks, with two new lessons released weekly (for a total of 12), and new sessions begin monthly. The courses are entirely web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments–many of which are optional. Dedicated professional instructors, who are professionals in their fields, coordinate every course by pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.

• Enroll in as many classes you like, as often as you like

• Pass the final exam on the first try and receive a certificate of completion

• Repeat classes if you want

• No penalty for not completing a course, simply stop logging in to your classroom

• Some courses are accredited as continuing education credits

Welcome to Gale Courses!

Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online.   As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.

How to Enroll:

1. Find courses by browsing through the categories on the left of your screen or by using the search bar above.  Click “Enroll Now” next to the course of your choice.

2. Select your course start date and click “Continue.”

3. Create a free Gale Courses account, or sign in to an existing ed2go account.

  • New Students – Enter your email address in the New Student area and click “Create Account.” Complete the “Account and Student Information” page and then click “Continue.”
  • Returning Students – Enter your account email and password and then click “Sign In.”

You will use your Gale Courses account email and password to log in to the My Classroom area to view your lessons once your session begins.

4. Enter your library barcode in the box labeled Submit.  Then click “Use Library Card” to complete your enrollment.

IMPORTANT!

Students who have enrolled in a course must log in and view lessons one and two within 13 days after the start date of the course, or they will be automatically dropped.

Students who are dropped from a course will be able to enroll in the course during a later session.

https://education.gale.com/l-arrowhead/

 

ALS NEWS


Gale Courses

Due to an increase in state funding for libraries, Arrowhead Library System has added a new lifelong learning service to its offerings by purchasing a systemwide subscription to Gale Courses.

Gale Courses provides six-week online programs taught by college instructors who are experts in their field to library card holders at no cost to the patron. The 365+ classes offered cover an astounding variety of topics, which can be narrowed down into three broad areas of focus: Professional Development, Technology Skills, and Personal Enrichment. A large percentage of course offerings are tied to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ fastest-growing occupations positioning our libraries to help our patrons meet demand for top workplace skills and drive economic development in our own communities.

ALS officially launched GALE Courses on February 5, 2018, with press releases, in-library signage, and a social media blitz. Statistics collected on February 28 reveal Rock County library patrons have enrolled in more than 181 classes, representing a commitment to more than 4,344 hours of continued learning.

More information:

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Irish Lives Remembered

February 5, 2018

Vicki’s note – it is close enough to St. Patrick’s Day and March to get you this Irish Ancestors genealogy source.

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Irish Lives Remembered

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If you have Irish roots or occasionally do Irish research, there is a relatively new and FREE online publication that’s worth checking out.  You can sign up to be automatically notified by email when a new issue is available.

“We are an award winning history and heritage company based in Dublin, Ireland

The Irish Family History Centre’s research service is aimed at people who would like to get one of our experts to research their Irish ancestry for them. You can also ask our experts questions that may help you get past any brick walls with your own research.”


Previous issues are also available for free online.   Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy eMagazine is now live and free to read/download via:

Click

Irish Lives Remembered

for free access to:

Free Digital Genealogy Magazine

Irish Lives Remembered – latest Issue 38 November 2017

They also have free genealogy podcasts that you can listen to (example)

 PODCAST: Tracing Ancestry Through Census Substitutes 

And a free newsletter.

Free Family History/Genealogy Forms & Charts from The Family Historian.com

January 21, 2018

Vicki’s note – click on the link below to download free forms that you can edit.  I trust this source.  The Family Historian Warwick Lyons will send you updated versions of the fillable Family History/Genealogy Forms & Charts , and tutorials on how to fill them in, by email if you want to subscribe (at no cost.)  You can unsubscribe from email updates at any time.

Fillable Versions of Your Forms and Charts Now Available by clicking this link –

The Family Historian.com

100% FREE and TOTALLY EDITABLE
Family History and Genealogy Forms and Charts

 

Essential Family Tree Forms

Vicki’s note – Family Tree has some very good forms for genealogy.  This Family Tree e-newsletter shows you can get 5 for free below.Click on the link below:

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A Sample of Essential Family Tree Forms

To help you kick your new year off right, we’re giving away 5 of our favorite essential genealogy forms! Here’s how to get yours.
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January is often a time of resolutions, fresh starts, and getting organized. If you’ve been joining us in our Month of Family History Fitness you are already well on your way to a year of great genealogy health, but we want to help you take it even further!

To assist you in your 2018 research, we’re offering 5 of our very favorite essential family tree forms for free. Taken from this collection of 75 forms, the genealogy worksheets, templates and checklists to organize family facts and track your genealogy work. Each letter-size PDF form is enhanced so you can type and save your work, or simply print blank forms to fill in.

You’ll receive our:

Family Group Sheet
Source Documentation Cheat Sheet
Death Records Worksheet
Research Calendar
Online Search Tracker

To download the forms simply enter your email address in the form below.

 

Cheers to a year of breaking down brick walls and mastering your research!

https://www.familytreemagazine.com/articles/a-sample-of-essential-family-tree-forms/

 

The Genealogy Do-Over Workbook & other Bargains

 Vicki’s Note – Some genealogy bargains from Thomas MacEntee:

DNA Testing Sales and Deals

The more people that get tested, the more chances you have of ethnicity samples becoming more accurate, and the more chances you have of finding cousins.  If you have had your DNA tested, look back at the results a couple of times per year, you may find more accurate results just from more data being added from new testers. You will not have to pay again.
Or you can pay about $39 to have a DNA test from another company transferred to Family Tree DNA.  The more companies you test at, the greater your chances of having a match with a cousin. 
And information from YourDNAGuide.com about another free option to share your DNA tests.  Download your results to Gedmatch.com   to compare with more users.   GEDmatch provides DNA and genealogical analysis tools for amateur and professional researchers and genealogists. Most tools are free.  Read how to do it in the second part below:

 

DNA Testing Sales and Deals

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DNA DEALS

There are so many DNA Deals we had to add a special page for them all. I have to tell you I haven’t met a DNA test that I didn’t like and I’ve tested with every one of these companies. Take advantage of the Father’s Day Specials; for yourself, your dad, your uncle, your aunt. Tell everyone to test, because I’m always looking for cousins.

AncestryDNA (Canada) Get $20 off their DNA kits.  Click HERE

 AncestryDNA (US) Get 20% off their DNA kits.  Click HERE

Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) Save as much as 20% off their DNA kits. Click HERE

MyHeritage Save $20 off their DNA kits. Click HERE

23andMe – Get your genealogy and medical DNA information. Save $50.  Click HERE 

Living DNA Save $40 off their DNA kits Click HERE

 

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Gedmatch.

Gedmatch can be a great place to collaborate with others who have been tested at other companies and gain access to more genetic tools to try to figure out how you are related to others.

It is a FREE (yes, FREE!) service provided by very intelligent and motivated genetic genealogists. Anyone with genetic genealogy test results from 23andMe, FTDNA.com (the Family Finder test), and Ancestry.com.

1. Head over to www.Gedmatch.com and click on “New User.”

Memorial Day Weekend Free Offers #2

Vicki’s note – freebies from Thomas MacEntee:

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Memorial Day Weekend Free Offers #1

Vicki’s note – some free genealogy type offers from Hound on the Hunt BLOG:

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Free Military Records This Memorial Weekend?

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It’s Memorial Weekend and if you’re missing a few of your ancestor’s military records then it’s a great time to catch up.

Fold3 and Ancestry are offering free records. To find out more and to get the links.

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Don’t miss out on your chance to win an AncestryDNA kit this weekend. The May Edition of The DNA Angel Project is on and you could win an AncestryDNA kit for yourself or give to someone special.

Kind regards,
Ellen T-J

12 Things to Know about DNA Testing

Vicki’s note – article from Thomas MacEntee, with his permission to share:

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Before you buy a DNA Test Kit or delve into genetic genealogy, read 12 Things to Know about DNA Testing

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FREE: 12 Things to Know About DNA Testing
This past weekend I conducted an online DNA boot camp for 200 people presented by DNA expert Mary Eberle of DNA Hunters LLC. One of handouts used was 12 Things to Know About DNA Testing and I thought that the information was so well presented that I wanted to share it with you. When I asked Mary if I could “share,” she gave me an enthusiastic “YES!”

Check out Mary’s site here because there is so much information available! And click here for your copy of 12 Things to Know About DNA Testing (PDF download).

Disclosure statement: I have material connections with various vendors and organizations. To review the material connections I have in the genealogy industry, please see Disclosure Statement.

©2017, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

Additional DNA Tools and Concepts Digital Download

If you were unable to attend the Additional DNA Tools and Concepts Boot Camp recently,  you’re in luck! We’ve packaged the entire event – webinar videos and handouts into one product! We had a enthusiastic crowd with Mary Eberle presenting amazing information-filled webinars!

Click here for more information!

Family Tree DNA Family Finder Test Just $59!

There has never been a lower price on DNA tests and what a way to celebrate National DNA DAY! The Family Finder (autosomal) DNA Test is just $59!

Also take a look at the savings on these other test packages:

– Y37 (father’s line) – was $169, now just $129
– mtDNA (mother’s line) – just $79
– Comprehensive Genome – was $546, now just $417

Click here to save! 

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy

Save 43% on The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy – regularly $29.99, Shop Family Tree has the book on sale for $19.99 – use promo code SFTTHOMAS17 at checkout and get an extra 10% off! Your final price is $17.99!

Click here to order – via Shop Family Tree

Find Your Ancestors in US Census Records A Free Downloadable e-book

Find Your Ancestors in US Census Records
A Free Downloadable e-book
– See more at: http://ftu.familytreemagazine.com/find-your-ancestors-in-us-census-records/#sthash.UGOJKrul.dpuf

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